I'm writing you a letter that I know you will never ever read, because I have a blog, and ravenous blog readers like things like this. Also because I've wanted to do this for a while. I picked you as my letter recipient for the obvious reason, this being that you're my top writing idol, which makes you pretty much my top idol period. I'm a novelist, like you, and I write young adult and middle grade fantasy and science fiction. In the realm of children's fantasy, I consider your Harry Potter series to be the ultimate work, and so I work every day to come to your level, though I know I'll never make it there.
I got into Harry Potter in about fourth grade. I'd been avoiding it up until then because I have this issue called BOOK SNOBBERY. Well, hopefully, I don't have it anymore, but I did then. It was over summer, probably 2003 or so, and my cousins on my dad's side were having a Harry Potter first movie year-ago release party or something like that. I kind of got roped into watching that movie... and I fell in love.
My apologies for falling for the movie before the book. That's what I get for being a snob.
Of course, once I read what of the series was out at that point, I just fell harder. Pretty quickly I was going to midnight releases, movie premieres, Harry Potter parties, freaking out over trailers, and being addicted to MuggleNet. Harry Potter is just powerful like that. Through Harry Potter, I learned literary analysis, book prediction, and most of all, my skill with figuring out romances, all things which have driven my writing and reading since.
I was already trying to write novels when I read Harry Potter, but it inspired me through the years to come closer into epic fantasy. There's nary a thing I don't admire with your skill. You know how to worldbuild incredibly. Children and adults everywhere get the feeling they could live in the world of Hogwarts every time they read your series. I want to live there, or, at least, to know even more about it. And I could, because you know everything, even the stuff you haven't written about. I can't think of a single other author with that skill.